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Date: 12-19-2018

Case Style:

United States of America v. Andrew Brigman

Case Number: 3:17-cr-00066-MMD-WGC

Judge: Miranda M. Du

Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Washoe County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Megan Rachow

Defendant's Attorney: Christopher P. Frey - FPD


Reno, NV - Utah Felon Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Armed Carjacking Of Elderly Woman

A felon was sentenced to 192 months in federal prison for an armed carjacking in a casino parking garage last year, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Andrew Brigman, 29, of Layton, Utah, previously pleaded guilty to use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. He has prior felony convictions for attempted theft, aggravated assault, and theft and assault by a prisoner, all in Utah. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du sentenced him to five years of supervised release.

On July 6, 2017, Brigman and a child approached an elderly woman as she exited her car in a casino parking garage in Sparks. He pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the woman and demanded she hand over her car, phone, and credit cards. She gave him the key fob for her car. Brigman did not know how to operate the car with the key fob, so she had to show him how to start the car. He and the child left in the stolen vehicle. In an attempt to locate Brigman and the child, Sparks Police Department sent out media releases with composite sketches and images of the stolen vehicle. An Amber alert was also issued for the child.

On July 14, the Sparks Police Department received a tip that identified Brigman as the possible suspect of the armed carjacking. A few days later, the stolen vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation in Alamosa County, Colo. Brigman, a woman, and her four children were in the vehicle. The child who accompanied Brigman during the armed carjacking was found safe in the car. During a search of the vehicle, a .38 semiautomatic pistol was found in the glove box.

The case was investigated by the Sparks Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


18 USC 924(c)(1)(A)(ii) - Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence

Outcome: 12/17/2018 33 MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS - Sentencing and Disposition as to Andrew Brigman held on 12/17/2018 before Judge Miranda M. Du. Crtrm Administrator: Peggie Vannozzi; AUSA: Megan Rachow; Def Counsel: Christopher Frey; USPO: Jose Claro; Court Reporter/Recorder: Kathy French; Time of Hearing: 9:05 AM - 9:40 AM; Courtroom: 5; Defendant is present, in custody.

The Court deferred acceptance of the binding plea agreement. The Court makes findings for the record and accepts the binding plea and adjudges Defendant guilty of the charges in court 2 of the indictment. The Court places the Sentencing Guidelines calculation on the record.

Ms. Rachow and Mr. Frey present argument. Mr. Frey presents Defendant's objection to paragraphs 26 and 27 of the presentence report and asks the Court to give Defendant credit for 35 days spent in Colorado state custody before he was arrested in this case. For the reasons stated by the Court, Defendant's objection to paragraphs 26 and 27 of the presentence report is sustained; the Court determines the criminal history to be a Criminal history category V, rather than a VI. The Court grants Defendant's request to make a recommendation to the BOP to give Defendant credit for 35 days spent in Colorado state custody before he was arrested by the ATF. Defendant makes a statement.

The Court makes findings for the record. Sentence is imposed as to count 2 of the indictment. Disposition of counts 1 and 3 entered. Defendant is advised of right to file an appeal. Defendant is remanded to custody.

(no image attached) (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - PAV) (Entered: 12/17/2018)
12/17/2018 34 PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE as to Andrew Brigman. Signed by Judge Miranda M. Du on 12/17/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - LH) (Entered: 12/18/2018)

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